Comedy pictures of animals coming to Devon exhibition

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An exhibition of some of the funniest wildlife photographs will be coming to Hannahs at Seale-Hayne later this month as they prepare to host the first ever exhibition of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Spreading a smile in the new year, the exhibition will allow visitors to view amusing images by the top 40 finalists in the 2016 awards.

The exhibition has been organised in association with international wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation to try to capture and share the playfulness of the animal kingdom.

However, there is a serious message behind the laughs as the awards are also held to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment for the world’s animals.

This year’s contest received over 2,200 entries from around the world, with winners collecting trophies in five separate categories at the awards ceremony in London.

Angela Bohlke from the USA won the top prize in both the ‘Overall’ and ‘On the Land’ categories with her entertaining picture of a fox face-planting in the snow, which she captured in Yellowstone National Park.

This photograph, taken by Mario Gustavo Fiorucci won the award for the portfolio category with his comedic images of four posing owls.

The junior category was snapped up by 15-year-old Thomas Bullivant, from London, for a well-timed photograph of a family of smiling zebras.

The panel of judges featured wildlife experts and household names including comedian Hugh Dennis, wildlife TV presenter Kate Humble, African landscape photographer Tom Sullam and wildlife photographer and Comedy Wildlife Awards founder Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE.

Paul said: “Last year was great, but this year has surpassed our expectations. There are some phenomenal and dedicated photographers out there, most of whom are not full-time professional photographers, but who deliver equally impressive results.

“We will 100 per cent be back again next year. The ability to raise awareness of conservation issues through the medium of humorous photography has taken us all by surprise. It was one of the aims of the competition, but we did not expect it to be so effective.

“The Born Free foundation has been a great charity to work with and we hope that the relationship with them can grow and continue over the years.”

The 40 photographs will be on display in the exhibition at Seale-Hayne every day between 10am and 4pm, from January 28, 2017 until March 12, 2017.

Hannahs Director of Development, Hannah Moon, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this unique exhibition of beautiful wildlife photographs with a fantastic comedy angle. We think that it will be enjoyed by people of all ages and look forward to welcoming them to Seale-Hayne.”

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